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Lark Crafts is a creative publishing group based in the beautiful and artistic mountain town of Asheville, NC. We love showcasing the best the craft world has to offer through how-to projects, comprehensive technique guides, spectacular visual galleries, and everything in between. Lark has been in the business of providing crafters with information and inspiration for 25 years, so we’re steeped in tradition. We’re also enthusiastically engaged in where crafting is going. We’ve been an integral part of how the craft community has grown, changed, and evolved over the last couple of decades—and how it has recently exploded in size and expanded in all kinds of exciting new directions. Our three content teams—Needlearts, Jewelry & Beading, and Craft Your Life—are made up of editors, designers, and all-around creatives eager to connect with craft enthusiasts of all kinds as we continue the Lark mission of celebrating the creative spirit.
Note to all photography enthusiasts! If you are on the hunt for photography information and or Lark Photography books or Magic Lantern Guides, please visit Pixiq.com, the fabulous new website from the photo team.
A member of the needlearts team, my latest crafty obsessions are stitched projects: I blog here and at digsandbean.blogspot.com. I’ve also been dealing with a serious Flickr addiction, a love affair with fusible web, and a compulsion toward an inordinate amount of online swaps, bees, and groups (go, Modern Quilt Guild!); maybe you know the feeling? I love where I live (I’ve moved here twice!), and I try to explore this magical place on a regular basis with my hubby and my very own brindle squad (a dynamic duo of sweet, yet horribly spoiled canines). Feel free to email me directly:Amanda@larkbooks.com!
I began my career with Lark as a freelance editor of photography how-to books, working all hours of the night from the sleeper sofa in my tiny college apartment, “borrowing” a neighbor’s unsecured internet connection. I earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Texas, and after a short time living in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, I moved to Asheville to work for Lark full-time. I am proud to be from beautiful (no, really!) Cleveland Ohio, I am an Indians fan, and I looooove pierogi! My background is in photography, but in recent years, I have become a passionate gardener, cook, yogi, crossfitter, and maker of herbal medicines and beauty products. I’ve also recently begun dabbling in mead-making. I live almost in the boonies with my oil-painting, bluegrass-pickin’ husband and two mutts, who are mother and pup.
Since 2007 I’ve had the pleasure of working on Lark books ranging across wide horizons: crafting for charity, decorated cookies, delicious pies, decadent candy, crafting with kids, paper art, handmade soap, pompom critters, and everything in between. My work as an editor evolved happily into the social media and marketing realm, and I now work across teams celebrating and supporting all of Lark’s creative endeavors. In my real life, I bake sweet things, I read, I make crafty projects, and I run around Asheville with my wiggly, wonderful dog.
I grew up in balmy Columbia, S.C., so I feel most comfortable when it’s 80+ degrees out. I spend most of my free time rollerblading, running, or mountain biking at the trails and try to find time to paint in my little outdoor studio. Craftwise, I just did a whole lot of DIY (invites, flowers, veil, etc.) for my recent wedding.
I’ve been at Lark since 2005, doing everything from gallery book processing to database management—but everyone knows me as the primary problem solver. I’m currently the editorial assistant on Lark’s Jewelry & Beading team. I’ve lived in Asheville my entire life and married my high school sweetheart (the best husband in the world). We have four beautiful daughters, two cats, and a pup. When I’m not busy packing lunches or painting fingernails, I enjoy gardening and photography. In other words, I know nothing about gardening and photography.
I’ve been at Lark for five years but admired it long before that. My journey started when I discovered the book 1000 Rings, which provided inspiration for my own wedding ring design and sparked my obsession with getting a job in Asheville where the book was published. I started as an assistant editor, moved into the managing editor role, and now am pleased to be an editor on the Lark Jewelry & Beading team—it’s a full-circle kind of thing. I love books. I love jewelry. So what could be better? My life outside of work is all about boys. Two tiny sons and one sweet husband make my world complete.
A member of the Craft Your Life team, I’ve been at Lark since 2006. I’m an English major at heart—I love to read and enjoy working with words. I grew up in western North Carolina but have lived in various places over the years, including Austin and Nashville. Home for me now is east Asheville, where I live with my dog, Hazel.
I grew up crafting in Indiana. From the fiber arts world of sewing, quilting, and weaving, I found my way into the clay studio and then to the graphic arts arena. During my years at Lark, I’ve been in the fortunate position of not only documenting artists at work, but being inspired by them, too.
I grew up on a farm in New England, so making things by hand comes naturally to me. I’m happiest when I’m creating, whether it’s a shrink plastic bracelet, a poem, a row of sweet peas, or an entire book with a first-time author. Connecticut, New York City, Seattle, and Charleston, South Carolina, have all been home, but Asheville, North Carolina, seems to keep calling me back. When I’m not here making books with the gang at Lark, I’m usually at my cottage in Maine, where I’m the first to jump in the lake in the spring and the last one to leave the water in the fall.
I began in the book publishing business when manuscripts were still being submitted as a stack of typewritten pages. Now a resident of the Blue Ridge in Asheville NC by way of Rochester NY, Boston, Nashville, and Rochester again, I follow the Boston Red Sox on a daily basis during the MLB season. I love taking photographs, especially landscapes here in the mountains of Western Carolina. Some of my photos can be found at photobucket.com/kevinkopp
I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design. I have been working professionally for over 15 years, ever since the old days when printers would “strip” film plates—my first job was as an apprentice film stripper. I live in Asheville with my Momma just around the corner and the best roommate ever: my dog, Laika (although I wish she could fetch the laundry). My interests include going to school to study environmental management and policy; figuring out ways to create artwork that is zero-waste and uses nontoxic, repurposed materials; reading books on astronomy, quantum physics, environmental issues and mystical Judaism; staring at pictures of the Large Hadron Collider; and daydreaming about going to Geneva, Switzerland to listen to the hum of scientists searching for the Higgs boson.
I’m a big city transplant from the flatlands of Texas and get energy from the great outdoors: gardening, hiking, and just sitting on the back deck taking in the mountains. That’s in the summer. In the winter I’m never far from a heat source and pass the months looking at the weather forecast, reading, watching foreign language movies, and planning the next vacation. I have an eclectic attention span when it comes to crafts, futzing around with one until another captures my interest—many times inspired by a book I’m working on.
Nathalie Mornu loves shiny things. Her focus as a Lark editor is on beaded jewelry, although she has also penned A Bounty of Bead & Wire Earrings and Leather Jewelry and co-authored the book Chains Chains Chains.
I’m an accordion-wielding, assemblage-making, music-obsessed, gardener-in-training, green-renovating, avidly-reading introvert. I live in a 90-year old, renovated bank building with my ecological cosmographer husband and our extraordinary circus dog companion. I’ve had about a dozen different jobs at Lark over the years but feel right at home leading the Craft Your Life team, happily donning my big-picture ringleader hat.
I begin my days with some rather ungraceful kickboxing and end them with high-level bedtime negotiations with a preschooler. In between, I take a break by working with the all-girl rock star needlearts team here at Lark. On the weekends, you can find me in the kitchen trying out new recipes, sitting on my front porch with a book, or outside hiking a mountain trail. I’ve recently set the goal of learning to crochet at night, but it’s entirely possible I’ll end up falling asleep on the couch watching tv.
So, you wanna know about me, huh? First thing you should know is that I was never a crafter before Lark. But, surrounded by inspiring books and the crafty people around me, I’ve been slowly sucked in. I now love to crochet and sew! That reminds me, I need to finish my crocheted rainbow scarf… I also get to design our books and get sneak peeks at new craft ideas. And occasionally I get to tell people what to do, that’s always fun. While doing all this I’m surrounded by my collection of geeky toys, nerdy art, and cool crafts.
I am the editor of the Lark Ceramics program, but I also acquire and edit books on a variety of other arts and crafts. Before moving to Asheville, I worked as an editor at Random House in New York. My books have covered everything from printmaking and paper crafts to sewing and soft toys. Some of my author's greatest hits have been featured in the New York Times, the Tate Modern Museum, Dwell, Design Sponge, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's bookstore, and Apartment Therapy. When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading, making stuff on the potter's wheel, and formulating new homebrew recipes.